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A client asked to attempt a Port Parole. We were pretty sure it would fail, but he wanted to try anyways. Circumstances were not very strong, but here is at least some insight into the answer when they refuse. I have obviously deleted the names.
As you are aware, the Canadian/U.S. land border has been closed to all non-essential travel. The guidelines outlining essential vs non-essential travel have already been established by the Federal Governments of both countries. Unfortunately, the purpose of _____ trip to the U.S., to visit family and friends, has been deemed to be non-essential.
Also, CBP guidelines for issuing humanitarian paroles have recently changed and only allow for paroles to be issued to attend funerals or seek medical treatment. _______ will need to wait until the land border re-opens before he can complete his waiver application and be admitted to the U.S.
Buffalo Parole Request
Port of Buffalo, NY
Can you post something you have that's not just opinion on this topic? Your opinion is valid, but see how I posted the actual message from Homeland Security?
Can you post something actually FROM Homeland Security instead of just "we do/did this, and we have this..." like SHOW everyone, that helps them more than saying you have something.
Remember, this forum is also for the DYI set as well as people who may use/want to use companies.
For example, the Chiefs name so people in that area could try that.
Actually...I have the criteria that CBP uses to issue Port Paroles. It is the one that was recently changed as per this thread for sure. However, when the border reopens, they will likely go back to it. It is extremely detailed, and I could have told you that a parole would have failed at the land border due to the pandemic. However, you can still get it if it falls under the relevant criteria category and you have to get it set up and used at the airport if possible. There the chief will evaluate it and make an on the spot decision. It is similar but different from the old policy in many ways.
Again, ultimately the chief makes the final decision on these paroles. We have obtained them for people prior to Covid. We called down to the borders that we deal with and send the person down to speak to a specific chief. Paroles are hit and miss on a good day. I have seen them give one for a guy to attend a pool tournament but deny one for a guy that wanted to visit his sick mum in the hospital. CBP under Trump tightened up on paroles and they were harder to obtain.
Also, they have a pre-Covid provision that they MAY only grant a parole if the person had a waiver pending in the system and it was considered approvable. So yeah there is a bunch of other criteria that are used to make a determination regarding whether they will approve or deny a parole. You had previously mocked us having DHS contacts but it pays off for obtaining material as related to the topic of this thread.
Senior U.S. Immigration Law Intelligence Analyst
@John, great subject choice, I actually forgot about these, as it has been a long time since I have done one and only did them for the reason put forth. The ones I have done were good, and client was allowed to travel. However, all were done for Medical reasons, and it was much more work then an average waiver. This was all before COVID also. Thanks for a good topic for discussion.
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